Episode Version 5.1 release introduces cross-platform support, enabling fast, high-quality, easy-to-use transcoding between virtually any format – for both Mac and PC users
Nevada City, Calif., December 11, 2008 – Telestream today announced an important milestone
for its Episode® Series media encoding software products. Previously only offered on the Mac
platform, version 5.1 extends Telestream’s Episode and Episode Pro desktop encoding products
to the Windows operating system. Version 5.1 also brings watch folders to Episode desktop
products for both Mac and PC users. Episode provides universal transcoding between virtually
any video and audio format, offering ultimate flexibility in a single software package.
“With the addition of Windows support and watch folders, Episode 5.1 is more accessible and
useful than ever,” observed digital video compression expert Nate Caplin. “Episode Pro's deep
format support and comprehensive set of professional-grade filters make it an essential part of
my video transcoding toolkit. Whether I need to convert files for post-production or produce files
for the web and mobile devices, I've never met an encoding challenge I couldn't solve with
Episode products provide a fast, flexible and future-proof solution for virtually any SD or HD
compression need. Episode desktop products include extensive fine-tuning compression
capabilities, batch encoding and many presets which enable users to quickly create extremely
high-quality output files. Cross-platform support in Episode and Episode Pro 5.1 means that users
and organizations no longer need to learn and support multiple encoding tools for different
purposes. The addition of watch folders in version 5.1 saves time and effort by enabling users to
simply drop finished projects into folders for automatic encoding.
“Episode Pro is the closest thing I've ever found to a universal anything-in, anything-out
transcoder,” adds Caplin. “But its power goes beyond simple conversion and compression. What
really sets Episode apart is the ability it gives me to easily massage any video source into clean
output by applying its extensive set of video and audio pre-processing filters. With Episode Pro, I
feel like I'm in control of my video.”
Episode Series provides scalability from standalone desktop media encoding applications for
individual users to powerful, server-based encoding applications for larger organizations with
higher volume needs. Known for speed, quality and ease of use, Episode products simplify
content repurposing for distribution to the growing number of digital media channels such as
Web, DVD, IPTV, mobile phones and portable devices.
Version 5.1 offers a number of powerful new features and enhancements. With extended MXF
decode and encode support, Episode continues to expand support for broadcast workflows and
playout servers such as Avid, Omneon and K2. Episode now offers more robust, intelligent
monitoring of incoming media to further automate and fine tune file transfer into Episode Engine
for encoding and delivery to specified destinations.
Telestream's Pipeline device allows for media ingest directly from SDI tape or live sources into
Episode Engine. In version 5.1, users can simultaneously encode media into any format with
Episode Engine while it is being ingested with Pipeline – saving valuable time in critical
For Mac desktop users, version 5.1 adds enhanced functionality to the Apple Final Cut
Compressor plug-in. In addition to encoding to any format, users can now adjust settings for
Windows Media and Flash encoding – including resize, deinterlace and frame rate.
Cross-platform Episode desktop encoders for Mac OS X and Windows are available in two
versions. Episode ($495) imports virtually any file format, including broadcast and professional
formats, and encodes media to all major Web, DVD authoring, mobile and portable device
formats, including Flash 8/9, Windows Media, QuickTime, H.264, VC-1, 3GPP, MPEG-1/2/4 and
more. Episode Pro ($995) includes all of the same features and formats plus encoding to highend
broadcast and professional formats such as GXF, MXF, H.264 High Profile, DVCPRO HD,
mobile multi-bit rate and more. Server-based Episode Engine products for Mac OS X start at
Episode desktop products are now available for online purchase at www.telestream.net. Both the
desktop and server products are also available from Telestream’s worldwide network of resellers
and distributors, as well as Apple online stores. For more information or a free trial, visit
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About Telestream (www.telestream.net)
Telestream products make it possible to get video content to any audience regardless of how it is created, distributed or viewed. Throughout the entire digital media lifecycle, from capture to viewing, for consumers through high-end professionals, Telestream products range from components to fully-automated workflow systems. Telestream enables users in a broad range of business environments to leverage the value of their video content. Telestream and its team of video experts are located in Nevada City, California, USA and in Stockholm, Sweden. The company is privately held.